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Kew Pumping Station sewer relining project

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As part of our ongoing Sewer Relining Program, Melbourne Water has completed works to upgrade and rehabilitate five existing sewer pipelines that run from the Kew Pumping Station under the Eastern Freeway in Kew East. 

Melbourne Water and our delivery partners thank the community, residents and park users for their patience and understanding while we completed these works. 

Achievements to complete the project include:

  • 7,500+ work hours
  • 50+ people working across the project
  • 430 metres of sewer relined
  • 1,200 metres of sewer inspected by camera
  • Zero safety issues occurring on site, ensuring our people went home happy and safe

Our project delivery partners included John Holland, KBR, Interflow, JHL Civil and Quality Site Welding.

About the project

Melbourne Water is committed to enhancing life and liveability across local communities. That’s why we’ve upgraded five rising main sewer pipelines that play a vital role in Melbourne's sewer network – transferring sewage from the Kew Pumping Station to the South East Trunk Sewer and onto the Eastern Treatment Plant.

These sewer lines run under the Eastern Freeway in Kew East, and were built in the early 1970s before the freeway was complete. They consist of three smaller (762mm) pipes and two larger (1143mm) pipes, which help relieve pressure on the sewerage system in Melbourne’s north and inner west – including the ageing North Yarra Sewer pipeline.

Inspections showed the concrete inside to be deteriorating, exposing some of the steel reinforcing and needing repair. The sewer pipelines were relined using a ‘spiral wound-in-place’ methodology. Other works were completed to modify the manhole (SET027) under the Burke Road city-bound on-ramp.

With these essential works now complete, we've helped reduce the risk of cracks, leaks or collapse of sewer lines that run under one of Melbourne’s most important arterial roads. This ensures they will continue playing a key role in the safe and effective transfer of Melbourne’s sewage for decades to come.

Map showing sewer lines running from the Kew Pumping Station, under the Eastern Freeway, to Manhole SET027.


Stage   Estimated timing Description Status
Site investigations and functional designs Early 2018
  • Locating underground service
  • Understanding ground conditions
  • Indicative design for project delivery
Procurement Mid to late 2018
  • Project is put to tender
  • Preferred construction partner is chosen
Detailed design and methodology selection Late 2018 
  • Further investigations on-site to determine final relining methodology
Site mobilisation and enabling works Mid 2019
  • Set-up of site office
  • Machinery and equipment delivered to site
  • Minor early works to enable main construction activities
Construction starts Mid-September 2019
  • Main construction activity to reline the sewer lines
Relining works complete March 2020
  • Sewer relined
  • Demobilisation of site offices
  • Final reinstatement of site around Manhole SET027
  • Project complete

Your feedback

If you have any questions or want to learn more about this project, please get in touch via:

1800 955 166 (toll free)

[email protected] (business hours only)

Last updated:
4 March 2020